Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer - CBS46 News

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing cancer has spread to other parts of his body.

He states "recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare."

Carter had an elective procedure on Aug. 3 to remove a small mass in his liver, according to The Carter Center. He had the procedure done at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Carter, 90, is the second-oldest living U.S. president after George H.W. Bush, who is 91.

A statement was released on behalf of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal:

"The governor and first lady regret to hear that President Carter is facing a serious illness. They will keep him in their prayers as he goes through treatment."

President Obama released the following statement:

"Michelle and I send our best wishes to President Carter for a fast and full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before. Jimmy, you're as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you."

Carter's Career

  • 1963-1967: Georgia Senator
  • 1971-1975: Georgia Governor
  • 1977-1981: 39th President of the United States
  • 1982: Founded the Carter Center
  • 2002: Awarded Nobel Peace Prize


From Georgia State Senator Jason Carter (@SenatorCarter): 

"Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for my grandfather and grandmother. I will pass them along!"

From the King Center (@TheKingCenter): 

"We are praying for you, President #JimmyCarter. You are a champion for the global community. Thank you. @CarterCenter"

From Bernice King (@BerniceKing):

"President #JimmyCarter is in my thoughts & prayers. May the Lord heal, comfort & encourage this extraordinary servant-leader to the world."

Tweet from Larry King (@kingsthings):

"Sending my best wishes to Pres. #JimmyCarter in his cancer battle. We go back many years. Stay strong Mr. President."

Tweet from the Atlanta Braves (@Braves):

"We’re all wishing you the best with your upcoming treatment, Mr. President."

Tweet from the Atlanta Hawks (‏@ATLHawks):

"Wishing you all the best with your upcoming treatment, Mr. President. #TrueToAtlanta"

Tweet from Jeb Bush (@JebBush):

"Sad to hear the news about President Carter. Will be praying for him and his family."

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